Rockets, Coal Mines, Lighthouses and the Dreams of Boys

The University of Alabama’s College of Communication & Information Sciences and the journalism department have announced that Homer Hickam is the 2013 recipient of the Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing.

Hickam will headline the journalism department’s annual J-Day on March 14, 2013. His talk, “Rockets, Coal Mines, Lighthouses and the Dreams of Boys,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Reese Phifer, Room 216. Hickam, a native of Coalwood, W. Va., has written 14 books, including the acclaimed No. 1 New York Times memoir Rocket Boys. That book was made into the film October Sky and is being developed as a Broadway musical with Hickam as co-writer.

The rest of the J-Day line-up:

Alabama Media Group: The First Six Months
9-10:30 a.m., Reese Phifer, Room 338
Alabama Media Group Vice President of Content Kevin Wendt will headline this panel of AMG editors and staff. The panel will assess the new statewide media operation’s first six months, discuss challenges faced, and talk about plans for the future.

The Power of the Crowd
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Reese Phifer, Room 338
A panel of entrepreneurial journalists will discuss the growing trend of “crowd-funded” journalism, which uses websites such as Kickstarter and Spot.us to raise money and attention. The Classical‘s David Roth will be on campus and other participants will join by Skype.

Innovations in Community Journalism
1-2 p.m., Reese Phifer, Room 338
Students in the Community Journalism Master’s Program will showcase innovative online approaches to addressing community problems.

Barnett Wright: How the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Changed America and the World
4-5 p.m., Gorgas Library, Room 205
Birmingham News reporter Barnett Wright will discuss his new book, 1963: How the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Changed America and the World. This is a joint session with the Diversity Forum.

College Journalism and the Law
5-6 p.m., Reese Phifer, Room 216
Dr. Clay Calvert, director of the Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida and co-author of Mass Media Law, the nation’s top undergraduate textbook, will speak on current student press law and its impact on college journalists.

Homer Hickam: Rockets, Coal Mines, Lighthouses, and the Dreams of Boys
6:30 p.m., Reese Phifer, Room 216
Homer Hickam, author of 14 books including Rocket Boys and The Coalwood Way, will speak about writing and storytelling. APR News Director Pat Duggins will introduce. A Q&A will follow Hickam’s talk. See full details here: http://uanews.ua.edu/2013/03/ua-journalism-announces-2013-cason-winner-j-day-schedule/

Summer editorial internship at the Birmingham News

The Birmingham News is hiring summer interns who are looking for a terrific experience in a multimedia newsroom where you’ll be challenged to do great work every day.

Who we are: The Birmingham News is Alabama’s largest newsgathering organization and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. We publish an aggressive newspaper and contribute, along with our sister newsrooms in Mobile and Huntsville, to al.com, one of the top news websites in the business.

Who we’re looking for: The best and the brightest in all disciplines of storytelling — journalists who can report for print and online, use social media to get the news out first and help pull together complete packages for our newspaper and our web site.

Who qualifies: Journalism students who plan to continue their education in the fall. Candidates who have had a previous internship are preferred.

The program: 10 fast-paced weeks during which you’ll help us find stories and put them in the paper and online.

What to do: Send us your best work, for print and for online, and tell us why you’re the right person for an internship at The Birmingham News.

Send work to: Chuck Clark, Managing Editor, The Birmingham News, P.O. Box 2553, Birmingham, AL 35202 or at cclark@bhamnews.com.

Page designer position available at The Birmingham News

The Birmingham News seeks a part-time page designer. Candidates should have a four-year degree and experience editing and designing pages in an editorial environment. Adobe InDesign skills are a plus. Daily or weekly newspaper experience is preferred. The hours vary and may include night and weekend work.

The Birmingham News offers an outstanding benefits package, including health, dental, 401k with match, tuition assistance, credit union and much more.

Candidates may send a cover letter, resume, work samples and references to:

The Birmingham News
Attn: HR/Matt Havard
PO Box 2553
Birmingham, AL 35203

INTERNSHIP AT THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS

The Birmingham News has just approved a partnership with UA, which allows an intern to work at The News during the summer or in the regular terms for credit. Interns will either work on articles for the paper or copy edit. Students must have completed a basic reporting class have maintained a 2.5 grade point average. Applications are due this Thursday and much include internship application, a letter of application indicating internship areas of interest, copies of past journalistic work and any other required materials through their college or university. Forms may be downloaded from the journalism department Website. Contact Prof. Meissner at dmeissner@ua.edu with questions.

INTERNSHIP AT THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS

The Birmingham News has just approved a partnership with UA, which allows an intern to work at The News during the summer or in the regular terms for credit. Interns will either work on articles for the paper or copy edit. Students must have completed a basic reporting class have maintained a 2.5 grade point average. Applications are due this Thursday and much include internship application, a letter of application indicating internship areas of interest, copies of past journalistic work and any other required materials through their college or university. Forms may be downloaded from the journalism department Website. Contact Prof. Meissner at dmeissner@ua.edu with questions

Summer Internship: Birmingham News

The Birmingham News has just approved a partnership with UA, which allows an intern to work at The News during the summer or the regular terms for credit.

Interns will either work on articles for the paper or copy edit. Students must have completed a basic reporting class and have maintained a 2.5 grade point average.

Applications are due this Thursday, May 6 and much include internship application, a letter of application indicating internship areas of interest, copies of past journalistic work and any other required materials through their college or university. All application forms can be downloaded from the department website.

Contact Prof. Meissner at dmeissner@ua.edu with questions.